Dr. Larsen is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.  He can be reached at plarsen[at]

UMN Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences




Our most recent work on the origin of multiple human-specific neurological and neurodegenerative conditions is available here.

Duke University has highlighted our efforts to develop the mouse lemur as a model organism for Alzheimer’s research (see Duke Research Series link below).

This website is very much a work in progress…more soon!


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Media Coverage

Mouse Lemurs, Genomic Dark Matter, and the Origin of Neurodegenerative Disease: Duke Research Series

Mobile Elements and Alzheimer’s Disease: Duke Today and Duke Chronicle

Ecoimmunology and Lemur Conservation: National Geographic